Mental Health Inclusion Volunteer - Barnsley

07 March 2020 12 Noon

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A service to provide holistic support to people in Barnsley with mental health and / or learning difficulties. It has an early intervention and preventative focus to support individuals to improve health, wellbeing and independence, enabling people to have choice and control of their lives.

The Early intervention Prevention & support Service which mental health inclusion is part of is a low level mental health service. Humankind are commissioned via Barnsley council to deliver this service.

Humankind links people living with mental Wellbeing issues to local volunteers who can offer them support and companionship to help with the promotion of someone’s recovery journey.

This support can be provided for the 3-6 Months

The inclusion partnership between the service user and the volunteer explores goal-setting on issues like.

• To preventing social isolation.
• To reduce feelings of loneliness.
• To increase independence.
• To encourage them to make positive choices and decisions that affects them.
• To increase their ability to take part in purposeful activities out of their own home.
• To increase their opportunities to take part in group activities by joining a community group.
• To have a better understanding of their mental-Wellbeing by attending one of the local structured group workshops.
• To progress into volunteering.
• To progress into education or employment.
• To increase their ability to have improved social interactions with others in their communities.

Details of role:
The role involves supporting service users, signposting, being motivational, talking positively about recovery and supporting people to access and engage with the service.
The role may involve encouraging them to attend appointments and getting them to feel confident around using public transport.
Living with a mental health issue or learning disability can sometimes cause someone to withdraw from social interaction. This can make them feel isolated and get in the way of recovery. The inclusion volunteer role aims to increase social interaction and reduce isolation.
Inclusion volunteers are trained to help people get out into their community, build people’s confidence, support them to meet new people, and develop hobbies and interests.

Personal qualities required for the role:
Confident verbal communication skills and able to engage people in conversation
Able to work to instruction and on own initiative
Completion of a peer mentor course is desirable but not essential. We are able to refer to local training providers if this is a qualification you are interested in however there are funding restrictions.
Experience of volunteering or working with adult with mental health or learning disabilities is desirable but not essential
Able to volunteer in line with Humankind policies and procedures
Able to abide by confidentiality and professional boundaries
Able to take brief notes to capture each befriending session which will be inputted by the organisation
To commit to a minimum of 3 hours per week for at least 6 months to allow the befriending relationship to be beneficial

Interviews will take place at the McLintocks Building, Crooks Street, Barnsley, S70 6BX 

To request an application form please email or call 01226 704090 to Speak to Bev Slater for more information.

Please read the full Job Description and Person Specification prior to applying for this position.

Please note that all communication regarding your application for this post will be sent to the email address you have provided on your application form, including your invite to interview if you are shortlisted. Ensure that you check your emails after the closing date as you will not be contacted by any other means.